Contact: Dr. Amy McNichols
By the end of the program, students must demonstrate proficiency in a language spoken primarily outside of the United States (or beyond the student’s country of origin), equivalent to at least the fifth semester of college study, through placement or course work (which can include language coursework abroad).
Global Fellows will commit to increasing the number and breadth of international courses that they complete during their four years at McDaniel. These courses may also satisfy other requirements in their major(s), minor(s), or McDaniel Plan program. Each Global Fellow must take a minimum of five such courses. Of these:
- at least THREE courses should be dedicated to different geographical areas,
- a broad range of time periods should be studied, and
- courses should be taken in at least three disciplines.
The purpose of these criteria is to ensure that Global Fellows have a broad understanding of the peoples, cultures, histories, and concerns of different parts of the world, and a deep appreciation for the complexity of pressing world issues. This coursework, in addition to the Experience Abroad component, will also help them to develop a broader capacity for perspective taking that is the mark of high-level intercultural competency.
Global Fellows will commit to the successful completion of either a full semester abroad in an approved experiential learning or academic program, or an approved short-term study abroad or experiential learning program. Global Fellows will select their abroad experience in consultation with the Director of the International Programs Office. Short-term programs must be linked to an academic program or independent academic study before and after the student’s trip to deepen their understanding of the community in which they are immersed.
While a full semester abroad would be optimal, it must be recognized that this is currently not feasible for a portion of our student population. Global Fellows will be encouraged to seek scholarship opportunities through the Center for Experience and Opportunity and the International Programs Office.
Each Global Fellow will enhance their Capstone Experience in their major by either selecting a project theme that is global in nature, or making arrangements to do an added presentation or brief paper that connects his or her research or major to greater global issues or themes. In the event of a double major, they will only be required to apply global learning to one. The student will work in coordination with the Capstone Experience advisor or instructor, and the Director of Global Initiatives or a designated professor who is an area specialist or whose research and specialization are international in scope, preferably in a related area.
Internships and Research
Students will be encouraged, but not required, to seek out experiential learning opportunities (which can include research, service and internships) that are international in scope during years three and four of the program. These opportunities can be taken up abroad or in the United States. To identify such opportunities, students should consult with the Center for Experience and Opportunity and the International Programs Office. These internships require pre-approval by the Director of Global Initiatives in order to form part of the student’s “Global Learning Portfolio.”
Internationally themed events
The Global Fellows Program will keep students informed about campus, community, and regional public events that are global in scope. Fellows will be required to attend three such events per semester.
Community Outreach and Civic Engagement
Working as a group, Global Fellows will reach out to schools, libraries, civic associations, etc. to share their experiences and learning with the greater Westminster community. Global Fellows will identify and discuss these opportunities in consultation with the Associate Director of Community Outreach and Initiatives, at the Center for Experience and Opportunity.
Workshops will be planned for the Global Fellows to develop intercultural competency and professional skills that will serve them in a global context, and allow them time for meaningful reflection on their own identity as global citizens. The Fellows will be part of the planning of such workshops, which will be offered in rotation so that none repeat for any one cohort of students in the program, with a full three-year cycle.
Each semester the Global Fellows will work with the Director of Global Initiatives to plan a colloquium on a pressing, current, global issue. Students will prepare for these colloquia by keeping up with world news and completing suggested readings. These colloquia will be public events, open for full participation by all McDaniel students, faculty, staff, alumni, and greater Westminster community members.
Support Services and Professional Enrichment Opportunities
Global Alumni Network
As the Global Alumni Network develops, Global Fellows will be connected with its members in a variety of ways, through workshops offered by Global Alumni Network members, social gatherings, mentoring relationships and networking opportunities. Global Fellows will be encouraged to join the Global Alumni Network upon graduation.
Center for Experience and Opportunity
The Center for Experience and Opportunity will direct students to the Global Fellows program during their first year, and will provide resources—information, scholarships, experiential learning opportunities, and career services—throughout the three years they are in the program.
Student Life and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI)
Student Life will support this program through event planning, special housing opportunities, and other programming. In addition to programming, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides for the development of cultural competency for all students. The Global Fellows will be encouraged to seize every opportunity to participate actively in activities, lectures and other events sponsored by ODEI, as well as to join its umbrella organizations.
The International & Off Campus Programs Office
The International & Off Campus Programs Office will support this program by working with the Global Fellows to identify study abroad scholarships and opportunities (including experiential learning, research, and internships abroad). This project will be launched in the next year. It constitutes a special outreach effort to connect alumni who are international engaged, professionally and personally.